Q. What drew you to the music industry?
Santanu Roychoudury: In 1991, I have won an All India Talent Competition which actually fueled my singing career.
Q. Who are you inspired by?
Santanu Roychoudury: I seek my inspiration from Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore’s compositions.
Q. Please explain your creative process.
Santanu Roychoudury: I wont say it’s a process rather you can term it as a journey. A journey of 30 years with Music as my constant and ultimate companion. I strongly believe that music is an eternal part of Mother nature. We have numerous type of sounds playing all around us every moment but only few of us can actually feel it. As an ardent admirer of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, I have always felt that all his creations are actually the path to attain that connection of mind and soul to the ‘Unknown’ and to dance with the tune of Life.
Being inspired by this I have also structured an institution along wih my wife Mrs. Nabanita Roychoudhury named as ‘RABIR GHAR’. The main objective of this institution is to guide people to accept and follow the positive path of life through Rabindra Sangeet Sadhana.
Q. What’s an average day like for you?
Santanu Roychoudury: My day usually starts at 7 in the morning, after completing my daily prayer, I usually plan my day according to my priorities. Apart from devoting most of time for my music, I also like to spend time in some spiritual reading & discussion with my close family & friends.
Q. Is there any hidden meaning in any of your music?
Santanu Roychoudury: Music can never have a specific meaning as it is infinite and unending however, if you ask me do I relate my music to anything then I must say that for me Music is a form of worship. I find it as a tool to connect with anything positive, be it God, be it a positive soul, be it a positive environment, be it a positive way to deal in life. Music is related to every single positive part of the universe.
Q. Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Santanu Roychoudury: Till now, I haven’t.
Q. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.
Santanu Roychoudury: I have my facebook account and instagram handle along with my website through which I usually interact with my listeners.
About Santanu Roychoudhury:
Born in Kolkata, India, Santanu Roychoudhury is well known to music lovers all across the world.He has distinguished himself as a singer with his own innovative style and depth of voice.
He has learnt all forms of Indian classical music from his guru, Pandit Subir Chakrabarty. He sings different forms of music such as Rabindra Sangeet, Hindi Rabindra-geet, both Bengali and Hindi old melodies, Bengali and Hindi devotional songs, Bhajans, Ghazals and Bengali folk songs.
After his achievement in All India Talent Singing Competition in 1991, HMV,The Gramaphone Co of Music India Ltd has launched his first album in 1995.Following this, he has more than 30 music albums released and brought out by different prestigious music companies such as HMV, Times Music, Zee Music, Raga Music, Asha Audio etc.
Santanu has been trying to popularise Rabindra Sangeet across the world through Hindi Rabindra-geet, an idea conceptualised by his Guru, Pandit Subir Chakrabarty.
In 2011, his Hindi Rabindra-geet album ‘Musafir’ was recommended by The Ministry of Art and Culture, Govt of India to the UNESCO and he was invited by UNESCO, Paris to perform Hindi Rabindra-geet which was a significant honour to be bestowed upon an Indian Musician.
In 2017, he has performed Hindi Rabindra-geet in Jakarta, Indonesia at the 2nd International Conference on ASEAN-India Cultural and Civilization Links as a part of the official delegation of the Govt of India. He was also one of the first musicians to perform on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore at Hampstead, London.
He has performed all across the globe in USA, Canada, UK,Paris, Dubai,Doha, Abudhabi ,Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh , to name a few and various other places and has mesmerized people with his euphonic voice.
For his exceptional contribution to Music he has been awarded with several prestigious awards out of which his most notable achievements are ‘Anandalok Award from ABP for Best Playback Singer’ in 1998, the ‘Mother Teresa International Award’ in 2014 and the coveted ‘Sangeet Samman’ by Govt of West Bengal in 2015.